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January-February 2019

Volume 107, Number 1
Page 4

DOI: 10.1511/2019.107.1.4

To the Editors:

I’ll admit being picky, but it’s gotten under my skin a bit. Someone has convinced editors that the public can’t understand the concept of division. As a consequence, we get explanations, such as the caption in “Parker, Meet Parker” (November–December), under an artist’s concept of the Parker Solar Probe, explaining the probe’s closest approach to the Sun as ”10 times closer to the Sun than Mercury is.” I’m guessing that phrase is meant to mean “one-tenth the distance.” How is that 10 times anything? I rest my picky case.

Paul White
Portsmouth, RI